The Lucky Gardener

Puff the Magic Mushroom
September 29, 2010, 17:56
Filed under: giant puff ball mushroom

We’ve been deluged with rain lately, and more is on the way. For naturalists, rain = opportunity. What we call mushrooms are actually the fruiting bodies of thread-like (called mycelia) plants that live underground, known as fungi.

Mushrooms will burst out of the ground when enough moisture within the mycelia allows the plant to produce them.

Arriving home this afternoon, I was surprised by the sight you see to the left: a group of Giant Puffball Mushrooms, known botanically as Calvatia gigantea.

Amazing sight. The picture below gives more of a perspective of its size.

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